Audacity • Bold • Fearless
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Bold; Boldness
Bold; Boldness [Heb. bāṭaḥ, ‘āz; Gk. parrhēsía, parrhēsiázomai, tharrhéō, tolmáō, tolmēté̄s, tolmēróteron, apotolmáō]; AV also FIERCE, HARDEN, “plainness of speech,” PRESUMPTUOUS; NEB also “in repose” (Prov. 28:1), HARSH, OUTSPOKEN, DARING, BRAVE, BRAVERY, CONFIDENCE, COURAGE, RECKLESS.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
BOLDNESS. The concept of boldness is seldom expressed verbally in the OT. Prov 28:1 does state: “The righteous are bold as a lion,” where the verb baṭaḥ connotes their confidence based upon active trust in the Lord. In like manner courage in the OT is not thought of as an independent virtue but as
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
BoldnessBoldness is a biblical motif associated with those whose courage is born out of their trust in God; it is a trait of the righteous, who are “as bold as a lion” (Prov 28:1 NIV). Many heroes of the biblical narratives convey this image of boldness; often it is a single bold act that reveals a
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
BOLDNESS<bold’-nes> ([παρρησία, parresia], “confidence,” “fearlessness,” “freedom of speech”): This was one of the results of discipleship (Acts 4:13, 29, 31; Ephesians 3:12; Philippians 1:20; 1 Timothy 3:13; 1 John 4:17). It was a necessary qualification for the work assigned them.
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Bold. Bold as Beauchamp (Beech-um). It is said that Thomas Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick, with one squire and six archers, overthrew 100 armed men at Hogges, in Normandy, in 1346.This exploit is not more incredible than that attributed to Captal-de-Buch, who, with forty followers, cleared Meaux of the
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
BOLDNESS Translation of four Greek words in the NT. Boldness denotes two things in the NT. First, boldness describes the courageous manner of those who preach the gospel (Acts 2:29; 4:13, 31; 9:27–29; 13:46; 14:3; 18:26; 19:8; 26:26; 28:31; 1 Thess. 2:2; Phil. 1:20). The word translated as “boldness”
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
BOLDNESS, bōldʹnes (παρρησία, parrēsía, “confidence,” “fearlessness,” “freedom of speech”): This was one of the results of discipleship (Acts 4:13, 29, 31; Eph 3:12; Phil 1:20; 1 Tim 3:13; 1 Jn 4:17). It was a necessary qualification for the work assigned them. They were not only subject to violent
Key passages
Pr 28:1

The wicked flee, but no one pursues, but the righteous is bold like a lion.

Ac 4:29–31

And now, Lord, concern yourself with their threats and grant your slaves to speak your message with all boldness, as you extend your hand to heal and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered …

Eph 3:12

in whom we have boldness and access in confidence through faith in him.

See also
Topics & Themes